3 in sheriff’s office receive “Beyond the Expected” awards


Sheriff’s office press release/photos 

On Jan. 13, 2021, at the Sheriff’s January Merit Board meeting, three deputies were recognized for their efforts and actions during 2020. All three deputies received the annual “Beyond The Expected” award from the Merit Board and Mr. Andy Fox of 1st Source Bank.

Major Heath Haferkamp

  • Major Heath A. Haferkamp, a 32-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, received the award for his exhaustive efforts in securing a body camera grant in excess of $130,000. During the highly competitive grant process, he waived a scheduled vacation to ensure the grant application was completed prior to the deadline. Major Haferkamp, a member of the sheriff’s office administration, oversees the agency’s budget, motor vehicle fleet and civil office operations and supervises Courthouse Security personnel.
  • Captain Derek J. Allen, a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, received the award for his leadership roles in the planning of three major events that occurred in September. He assisted Pastor Dennis Meyer and Carey Garwood in preparing the

    Captain Derek Allen

    Tribute to Heroes Benefit Concert on Sept. 11. For nine months, he planned and organized the service and luncheon for the 40th anniversary of Deputy Neil Thompson’s line-of-duty death. Lastly, he continues to represent the agency each year by serving on the planning committee for the annual Bolt for the Heart races. Captain Allen, a member of the sheriff’s office administration, serves as the agency spokesman for media related matters and supervises deputies assigned to the Warrants Division, FAST, the commercial motor vehicle enforcement deputy and the school resource officers.

  • Deputy Robert “Paul” Adams, a 20-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, received the award for his actions as a School Resource Officer who is assigned to the New Prairie United School Corporation. When the Coronavirus pandemic began and

    Deputy Robert “Paul” Adams

    schools closed, Deputy Adams voluntarily took an assignment with the Midnight Patrol Shift. During this time, he still managed to distribute meals daily to students. Deputy Adams operated on little rest for an extended period ensuring that he maintained his visibility around the schools, offered assistance to those in need and assisted the school corporation on all matters to the best of his ability. He is also a volunteer for the intramural athletic programs at New Prairie High School. Deputy Adams been the School Resource Officer for the New Prairie school corporation since Fall 2017.

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